CHRISTMAS

So how was your X-mas ? Mine was excellent. One more holiday with the family, predictable presents (the reason for that is ’cause a secret project coming up in January). I also got into a pretty deep debate about some big problems in the world today, and I just realised – I’ve got lots of bottled up opinions and stuff. So I’d thought I’d start sharing them with the rest of you!
The reason for that is not to brag about how deep and sensitive I can be. It’s rather a way for me to start a debate, and hopefully someone will take the bait and disagree with me. I hate going around with weird opinions and, god forbid, incorrect information about something. So read it and please mail me your opinions!
The first topic I’ll share my thoughts and opinions on with you is racism. I just saw “American History X”, so….

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Now it’s really X-mas time! But a very un-white X-mas it’ll be, atleast here in Sweden. But today we (as in “our company”) are going out for the annual X-mas lunch, lots of food, fun and some alcohol. I do have a history of having a bit too much fun at these lunches, but so what – that’s what they are for, right?
Unfortuntely, I don’t have any great quotes about Christmas, so I’ll end this with a normal –
MERRY X-MAS, AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

CHRISTMAS TIME

X-mas time! I love Christmas ! I JUST LOVE IT! Happy happy joy joy!! The best holiday of them all! 🙂
Anyway, I’ve updated my bio with pics and info about this years Beer festival that I went to with Eden (a fellow trekker and movie freak), my sis and her Paul, my father, Per (a friend from work) and his lovely girlfriend.
So how about another quote?

” Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! “ – Patrick Henry, March 23rd, 1775

NOT JEWISH

Someone (less worthy to be called a person) called me “Jewish fucker” in my guestbook. First of all, I’d be happy to be called a “Jewish fucker” if I was Jewish (or sexually involved with one). But I’m not. I can only guess he called me that because of the recent quotes. The guy has obviously not read the book. If he had he would soon find it’s not as much about the Germans mistreating Jewish people, but more about the classic scenario about one group of people suppressing another and the methods they used. And that’s it.

And on that subject, here’s another quote but this time from Marthin Luther King Jr.: “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the opressor; it must be demanded by the opressed.”

SURVIVING AUSCHWITZ

Get ready for another deep quote from the Auschwitz book:
“Stienlauf sees me and greets me, then asks me why I’m not cleaning myself. Why should I? Would it make me feel better about myself? Would I please someone else? Would I live a day, an hour longer if I did? No, I’d only live shorter, because washing is labour, it’s a drain of energy and warmth. [..] [He said] “Because this entire camp is a machine meant to turn us into animals, which is why we can’t turn into animals. One can survive this, and that is why we must want to survive – to be able to witness and give our testimony; and to live it’s important to maintain the backbone of civilisation. We’re slaves, without legal rights, exposed to insults and an almost certain death, but we have a chance and we must defend it at all costs, because it’s the only one we got – the option of not consenting. Therefor, it is crucial we must wash our faces, without soap and in the dirty water.””
Sorry for the rough translation, best I could do. I’ve now updated my Natalie Portman fan-page with reviews to include all her movies (even some speculation about the SW movies). I’ve still some work to do with the Flash anims, don’t know when I’ll be inspired enough to do them. And tonight is the night of the MTV’s European Music Awards show here in Stockholm. I’m not disappointed I won’t be there – as far as I know there’s only one reason to see it – MOBY !

BORED AGAIN

Still not much happening in my life. Does anyone have a more interesting life for sale?
Anyway, in lack of better things to do I redid my Natalie Portman page. AGAIN. I know, I know, it’s the third time but this time it’s better and nicer. I think so anyway.
Well, guess it’s back to Primo Levi again… (depressing but still interesting!)

PRIMO LEVI

I’ve started reading a book by Primo Levi (1919 -> 1987) called “Survival in Auschwitz”. And everyone who knows me are probably saying “Kris? READING A BOOK!?”. I’ve only read two books (other than computer literature) in my entire life, so you better believe me when I say it’s a book worth reading!
(and for those of you who are wondering, the other two books are “The Neverending Story” (by Michael Ende) and “The Fourth K” (by Mario Puzo)
I’ve also expanded my “member of” list to include Greenpeace. Do I even need to explain why ?
On a personal note – there was a “9th grade graduation 10th annivarsary reunion” in Nynäshamn last weekend. I had, by choice, forgotten all about it so I didn’t bother to show up. To everyone who missed me – sorry! But let’s face it, if anyone puts me in the same room as some of the people who helped making my early teens the living hell it was – they are asking for trouble.

PARTYING

Not much happening here. I was out partying with Henrik, Janne and Jocke again last satuday and ended up trying to get from one twilight zone (aka Brandbergen) to another (aka Lyngsta) at 6 am with a bit too much to drink. I finally got home at about 8.30 and soaking wet, but man did we have fun! The project to upgrade everything here to Flash is scrapped untill I get my hands on the new Flash 5, but I’ll update bio and “about me” section.

THE CRUISE

I finally got a hold of the pics from our Finn-cruise. Unfortunately, due to a mishap the reel for the first day was unusable 🙁 And that was the day when most of the funny things happened (like me+Åsa spontaneous version of “Living Next Door to Alice”). Anyway, you’ll have to make do with the photos from “the day after”. Check my bio for the pics.

UPDATES

Another very booring day at work… so I updated my biography page with more info about my family. Other than that, I’m still contemplating the fact that I’m not in Australia…

ME ON THE RADIO

Today I finally MP3 coded the radiointerview with me and Godzilla. It’s about 10 MB big, but man was it fun making it! Check out my bio to read about this interview. Credits go to my sister who taped it.

EGO

I’ve gotten some complaints that I don’t have any stuff or any interesting things on this site. Well I’m sorry, but this is “my very own domain”, and mostly it contains info about me and some very few special others, so you can complain all you want, but this is my place.

So what’s new in my life? Not much I’m afraid, trying to keep everything rolling at work. Other than that, Sweden was knocked out of the European Championship in soccer. Surprise? Not very… But on the upside, Schumacher won the Canadian Formula-1 GP 🙂

25!

Yeah, I’m finally 25 years old, or as my brother-in-law called me, “quarter of a century”.  And this was a super slow day at work, let me tell you! Thank god for MP3 🙂

I’ve started a small flash dedication to Natalie. Mostly I needed to learn the program, but I hope you’ll like it. And speaking of Portman, the extended version of “Léon” is coming out on Region 1 DVD in august. YEAH!

VISITING FRIENDS

Just got home from a weekend in Finspång, a countryside town in southern Sweden. Tomas van der Poll, a fellow trekker friend of mine, had a 31st birthday party. A very successfull party with lot’s of eating and socializing. Thanx to Jenny, his wife, for the great food, and everyone who attended for the company. Especially Eva and Bosse for the ride over there.

I HATE FINLAND

It’s official – I hate Finland ! Not only do they win Formula 1 all the time, nor is it enough to take Malin away from us but now they beat us in the quarter finals in the ice-hockey World Championship in S:t Petersburg! And I’m going there in two weeks, and I really hope I’ll meet a nice finn for a change. But I wouldn’t count on it.

GLEN KILLING

Our department at work was invited to go see the Glen Killing gang at Gran Hotel, something I really wanted to do. But something, or rather someone, came in the way of those plans and I had to cancel, which turned out to be a pretty good choice. Besides, I have a really hard time saying “no” to women.

MORE RADIO

I did another radio appearence today! Tomas Graneryd, radio host on Radio Stockholm, invited me to come over there and have a talk with Johan “Godzilla” from the TV show “Villa Medusa”. If you’re not Swedish or have Kanal 5 you probably don’t know who he is, which is your loss. It was pretty fun, I’ll post an MP3 recording of it as soon as I can.